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Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly – LaMama – March 26th, 2016

Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly


Video ©2016 Nelson Sullivan

untitled-17Left to Right: John Kelly, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Kevin Malony, Kyle De Camp and moderator Lucy Sexton

untitled-21John Jesurun talks about his work with John Kelly and the artistic climate in the early 1980’s in New York.




John Kelly and Carol Lipnik sing the “Cupid Song”.

untitled-45Back Row – L to R: Michal Gamily (Curator), Kevin Malony, Carol Lipnik, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Arthur Adair/

Front Row: John Kelly, Kyle De Camp, Lucy Sexton

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For more videos of John Kelly visit his You Tube channel HERE!

Or visit his website for upcoming events.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Heather Litteer – “Lemonade”.

Heather Litteer in ‘Lemonade’ at The Club at LaMama

Heather came to the Big Apple to become an actress. Little by little, part by part, she worked her way up the ladder, playing the hookers, junkies, and strippers — you know, the parts that some actresses are too afraid to play. Then came the role of a lifetime.

Heather Litteer’s gripping, funny, heartfelt solo show explores how women are treated both onscreen and off. Her adventures as an actress and downtown darling are mixed with calls back home to her ill but steel magnolia of a mother, who’s southern roots are so strong the can suffocate. Navigating the absurd misogyny of our mediaverse, Lemonade turns female exploitation on its head, and offers redemption to any woman who has even been typecast.

Directed by Elena Heyman

Assistant Directed by Callie Jane Farnsworth

Dramaturg: Lucy Sexton

Script Editor: Mike Albo


For more information/tickets go here!

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DANCENOISE – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton

“Unruly on the surface yet deeply structured, DANCENOISE’s performances skewered, even eviscerated popular and media culture, with feminist fury, wicked humor and a good measure of gore.”
—The New York Times

DANCENOISE

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 9.44.49 PMXXXDANCENOISE performing at La Mama in the The ALIEN COMIC’S FULL MOON show Oct 1989.

DANCENOISE.xxxxDANCENOISE makes havoc at the FULL MOON show at LaMama in 1989.

2014.01.18_LSexton_007DANCENOISE performing at Abrons Arts Center  Jan. 2014 One of the Opening Scenes from the show.

2014.01.18_LSexton_248Lucy Sexton takes a knife to her large turkey.

2014.01.18_LSexton_236Lucy and Anne in a synchronous moment against the clothes wall at Abrons Arts Center.

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 8.09.19 PMXXXAnne and Lucy covered in blood finish off their duet song ‘Happy Together’ at Abrons Arts Center.

2014.01.18_LSexton_277Lucy and Anne finish off the show under the covers with flashlight illumination only!

DANCENOISE performed a show at Abrons Arts Center on Jan 18th, 2014.
I was there to photograph and here is a video excerpt from the show.
They currently are preparing a NEW show for The Whitney Museum of American Art to accompany an exhibit of photographs documenting their work in downtown NYC in the 1980's.

DANCENOISE: DON'T LOOK BACK is being shown from July 22nd thru 26th.

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PS122 – AVANT GARDE ARAMA – June 17th, 2011 – Old coming into the NEW!

I am thinking about the NEW PS122 and remembering the old PS122.

Here is a video of the last Avant-Garde-Arama performance that was presented at that site.

Here is a compilation video I made from photographs and video I shot at the Friday, June 17th AGA. It has the stills from the show embedded in the video of the finale WRECKING BALL! It was a great show. Murray Hill hosted the evening. Very Funny! The following performers were on hand to add pizazz to the night’s festivities.
Tom Murrin (the Alien Comic), Tigger, John Kelly, Lucy Sexton (the Factress), The Dazzle Dancers, Julie Atlas Muz, Hank and Cupcakes. The show finished with a accordion solo by Geo and everyone sang the Ethyl Eichelberger song ‘We Are Women Who Survive”.
In the basement was the Lori E. Seid cafe.

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“Whores and More” – April 25-26, 2014 – A night of WOMEN reading Tom Murrin shorts.

Readings of Tom Murrin’s short and hilarious plays “Whores on the Range” and “Hide The Baloney”.

Read by (not in order) Kate Benson, CD Clifford, Cary Curran, Anne Iobst, Lucy Sexton, Karen Finley and Reno.

Lucy Sexton introduces the evenings festivities
Lucy Sexton introduces the evenings festivities.

 

Cary Curran does a sexual psychic.Cary Curran performs a sexual psychic.


Kate Benson performs at LaMama etc.Kate Benson performs.

CD Clifford performing a detective monolog.CD Clifford does a private eye monolog.

Reno performs at LaMamaReno performs a ‘BIG’ football game monolog.

Lucy Sexton and Anne Iobst performing at LaMamaLucy Sexton and Anne Iobst are high kickin gals in “Whores on the Range”.

2014.04.25_Whores_163Lucy Sexton, Kate Benson, Anne Iobst and Cary Curran behind the bar.

2014.04.25_Whores_180CD Clifford and Reno performing.

2014.04.25_Whores_247Cast members take a well deserved “Curtain Call”.

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Readings of Murrin's short and hilarious play "Whores on the Range". Directed by Lucy Sexton.
The Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival was held at La Mama from April 17th thru 27th.

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The Full Moon Show – Curated by Aunts – LaMama etc. April 17th, 2014

In this homage to the mood goddess Luna Macaroona on the occasion of the April Full Pink Moon, AUNTS presented a stellar lineup of performances and a touch of mayhem. The list was a ‘who’s who’ of the downtown performance scene. Hosted by Lucy Sexton.

Lucy Sexton performing at The Full Moon Show.Lucy Sexton hosted the Full Moon show with  joy and pizazz which was evident on her face throughout the night.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_026LaMama’s ‘The Club’  program director Nicky Paraiso holds up the program for the festival and gets the show started.

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Antonio Ramos performs at Full Moon Show.Opening this wonderful evening of performances was Antonio Ramos and his peculiar ‘barbie doll’ fantasy.

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Salley May performs at Full Moon ShowSalley May and her ‘Pink Full Moon’ piece was wonderful. Pedro J. Rosado(L) on stage with Salley.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_049Pedro J. Rosado (on floor) Louis Belle Ethyl May, Salley May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry fight to the finish.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_080Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry, Salley May, Pedro J. Roasdo, Lucy Sexton,Alice Klugherz and Louise Belle Ethyl May take curtain call.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_104Brooke O’Harra (at computer) and Sharon Hayes (standing) interpret a Tom Murrin performance using projection and monolog.

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Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot performing at Full Moon ShowKaty Pyle and Jules Skloot start their piece in the back of the theater above the audience.

Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot at The Full Moon Show

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Stan Baker performs at the Human TV at The Full Moon ShowStan Baker performs his ‘infamous’ and hilarious hilarious ‘Human TV’.

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Alice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monlog at Full Moon ShowAlice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monolog.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_210Alice Klugherz ends the piece in a stark, bold costume undulating to the floor.

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Lucy Sexton at The Full Moon Show.Periodically during the show Lucy Sexton would liven up the crowd with her charm.

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LumbeRob performs at The Full Moon ShowRob Erickson (LUMBEROB) performed his “Tom’s Alien Flight School’ routine.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_257Utilizing electronic equipment and his voice LUMBEROB created an audio track that was brilliant.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_270Heidi Dorow and Diana Y Greiner adorn mask and performed with Julian Fleisher as dj.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_280Introducing the “Westchester Free Theater” was a lovely woman who had a lot to say about Theater.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_328The Westchester Free Theater company members danced and sang a song accompanied by a live music trio.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_355Suddenly from the audience a voice (Chris Tanner) is heard singing a lovely song.

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Bif Locamp performs at The Full Moon ShowAfter taking a short hit from his metal flask Biff Locamp (James Godwin) addresses the audience.

Jonathan Ames introduces the 'Impact Addict'.Jonathan Ames talks about his friend Tom Murrin and introduces the “Battle of the Sexes” boxing match.

"The Impact Addict" David LeslieIn this corner – Introducing “The Impact Addict” – David Leslie

2014.04.17_FullMoon_375VS Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis. David gets the first punch towards Sonya but misses.

David Leslie in a boxing match at The Full Moon ShowAnother good try for both contestants as the match moves to the 2nd round.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_405Sonya gets her right fist into David’s gut as cigar yielding Galinsky spots the fighters while leaning on the wall.

Sonya wins the match at The Full Moon Show.Jonathan Ames holds up the winner Sonya’s arm.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_414Jonathan holds up David’s arm as he is a winner too!

2014.04.17_FullMoon_427After the boxing match David Leslie sits ringside with his adorable son Brooks looking startled.


 

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Enticing the audience to open their Luna Receptors, Lucy Sexton, Laurie Berg (AUNTS producer) and James Godwin celebrate a great night in honor of a great legend. 

2014.04.17_FullMoon_438Still from video. Tom Murrin talking to the Luna Macaroona via his Luna phone.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_424Stage Manager Lori E.Seid was so vital to making this great evening possible!

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More shows for the next two weeks! Make sure you come and celebrate by seeing one of these fun shows.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Stage Manager/Lighting Designer Bill Schaffner

Bill Schaffner talks about his beginning work as a stage manager in California to working with Tom Murrin (Alien Comic) and the Full Moon Show in New York.

For more information on Bill go here:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/wschaffner

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PS122 – “Avant-Garde-Arama” @ Abrons Arts Center – DAY 2 – Sat. April 13, 2013

Saturday night was the second of a two night celebration of performance artist Tom Murrin (aka Alien Comic) presented at the gorgeous Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side.

The lineup for Sat night’s show was as follows:

Lucy Sexton and Mike Iverson (Co-hosts)

Jason SchulerThe Operating Theater Company

Unitard – Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David IIku

 Chris Tanner

Jeremy X Halpern

Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOTHERE)

Jo Andres (Video featuring Steve Buscemi)

Tigger

Laurie Berg

 Mimi Goese

[title of show] includes Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, Larry Pressgrove, Michael Berresse

Here are some images from Saturday evening’s show.

The Mob Dance @ Avant Garde Arama

The Avant Garde Arama ‘dancers’ perform the Tom Mob dance.

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Celebrating the Full Moon of Tom Murrin with one of his routines performed on Sat. night.

CoHosts Mike Iverson and Lucy Sexton

CoHosts Mike Iverson and Lucy Sexton

Chris Tanner performing at Avant Garde Arama

Chris Tanner performing a monolog followed by a song.

Unitard Comedy group performing at Avant Garde Arama

Unitard Comedy group performing at Avant Garde Arama

Steve Buscemi featured in Jo Andres film.

Steve Buscemi featured in Jo Andres film “When the Curtain Comes Down” based on a song by Diana Krall.

Laurie Berg dances up a storm.

Laurie Berg dances up a sultry storm.

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[title of show] /Now. Here. This. – Original Cast members.

Andrew Schneider performing at Avant Garde Arama

Andrew Schneider performing with interactive electronics.

Cohost Lucy Sexton

Cohost Lucy Sexton introducing the next act.

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Production/Stage manager Lori E. Seid shows PS122 Director Vallejo Gartner that his time is up to finish his beer.

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Dixon Place founder and Director Ellie Covan explains the new ‘TOMMY” awards to the audience.

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R. Sikoryak reads from Moby Dick for this ’40secondstreet’ piece. One one leg!

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Alice Krugler performs a ’40secondstreet’ segment.

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Salley May talks about the ’40secondstreet’ segment to the audience.

Gary Ray performs in '40secondstreet' segment to get something 'off his chest' as he explained to me later!

Gary Ray  performs in ’40secondstreet’ segment to get something ‘off his chest’ as he explained to me later!

Helen dances up a storm for the audience.

A regular at the ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ for many years, Helen dances up a storm for the audience. (she is 90 yrs old)

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The audience went wild when Helen was dancing on stage.

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Mimi Goese performs a beautiful song and performance piece to music by Kevin Macleod and How How.

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Nurse Baby Aspargus towering of the body of Lucy Sexton. (Cohosts of the show)

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The Operating Theater Company (with Jason Schuler) performed a hysterical ‘hippie cast’ play.

Tigger performs a wild routine.

James (Tigger) Ferguson performed a wild and crazy ‘boylesque’ piece with smashing apples together that covered the front row audience members.

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Celebrating the Life of Tom Murrin @ La Mama Ellen Stewart Theater – Sunday June 3rd 2012

Patricia Sullivan welcomes you to an afternoon of words, images and performances honoring the beloved

TOM MURRIN (1939 – 2012)

Performance Artist, Playwright, Writer, Friend.

(Highlights from this wonderful event generously hosted by La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater.)

Pat Olezko‘s Inflatables greeted you at the entrance to La Mama for the Tom Murrin Celebration.

Tom Murrin’s desk was on display in the entrance.

Luna Macaroona Blessing by Annabel Sexton-Daltry and Salley and Louise May.

Agosta Machado with the Luna Macaroona Blessing.

Patricia Sullivan reads some very personal funny things about her husband.

Lucy Sexton was an amazing MC for this event. Wig and mask in hand.

Mimi Goese and Dick Connette perform ‘Fixing a Hole’ by the Beatles.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi share some hilarious stories about Tom.

Nicky Paraiso sings and gets the audience to participate in a ‘sing-a-long’.

Cary Curran dances a beautiful piece that Tom would have loved.

Mark Mitton levitates a table with the help of Tom’s sister.

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A tax deductible donation can me made in support of Tom’s Archives.

Make checks payable to “Artspire, A Program of NYFA”

In the memo line indicate “The Legend of Alien Comic”.

Mail to: Artspire, A Program of NYFA, Fiscal Sponsorship Program

20 Jay Street, 7th FLoor, Brooklyn NY 11201

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Other speakers of the evening included:

Jane Friedman

John Vaccaro

Ellie Covan

Message from Mark Russell

Carlo McCormack

Message from Alex Souldancer

Alien Comic Video edited by Larry Fessenden

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Thanks to Lori E. Seid and Bill Schaffner for making the great evening’s TECHNICAL brilliance.

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Full Beaver Moon Show – A Celebration of Ellen Stewart at LaMama Etc.

Tom Murrin/Alien Comic, Lucy Sexton and a host of Full Moon Crew luminaries presented an amazing evening of performance art, film and theatre.

It happened on November 8th, 2011 at the LaMaMa Theater. Celebrating the 50th Season of that institution and Ellen Stewart’s Birthday.

The evening began with a lovely talk by La MaMa’s own Nicky Paraiso.

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TOM MURRIN / ALIEN COMIC

Tom Murrin started the performances with a terrific piece of masks/costumes and political commentary.

Here he demonstrates the power of the ‘alien’ finger.

Commenting on the origin of the ‘nailed’ sculptures of African Bakongo tribe he nails himself.

The idea of communicating to the world compassion and love is seen here with a large set of Lips!

The Moon was a balloon until it was popped here on stage by Tom Murrin in his great fun performance.

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LUCY SEXTON – THE FACTRESS

With her ‘Occupy Me’ t shirt Lucy Sexton gives a charged monolog on the current state of affairs.

Filling her face with the cherry pie Lucy captivates the audience.

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Heidi Dorow and Diana Y Grenier in a ‘pinata’ sketch.

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Tom Murrin talks about his first encounters with the LaMaMa founder Ellen Stewart.

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THE NAKED LADY with a Couple of Guys

Beginning the piece was The Naked Lady (Annie Iobst) performing a dance under the chandelier.

The Naked Lady with Jo Andres, Lucy Sexton and Tony Stinkmetal in a line dance.

The Naked Lady and Cast members of her piece take a well deserved bow.

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Annie Iobst and Lucy Sexton performing a ‘Mary Poppins’ satire.

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Also in the review was a wonderful music video with music by Mime Goese and Ben Neill and Video by Christophe Thockler.

See the wonderful video here!

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An incredible film by Jo Andres.

“Liquid Tara”

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SALLEY MAY

Bringing together a cast of Felliniesque performers including Annie Lanzillotto and Heather Lewerenz was Salley May.

Salley May and Pedro J. Rosado Jr.

Another wild scene from the Salley May piece.

Salley May (with Heather Lewerenz) gathering up her lost possessions.

Summoning the spirit of Ellen Stewart (played by Agosto Machado) who spoke so kindly of the people continuing the work she started.

Tom Murrin (l) and cast from the Full Moon show celebrating the Finale of the show with candles and cupcakes

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COMMENTS

FULL MOON CREW HISTORY

BY

TOM MURRIN/ALIEN COMIC

 

I started doing shows every full moon in Seattle in 1974.  These were comic ritual salutes to Luna Macaroona, the moon goddess, and over the years I’ve done them all over the world, at the entrance to the Star Ferry on Hong Kong, outside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, and in a public park in Bombay, India.  And I still do them wherever I happen to be.

In the early ‘80’s I met up with 4 women performers, all dance majors at Ohio University, Athens Ohio, who relocated to New York: Jo Andres, Mimi Goese, Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, and we did performances and workshops together.  In the mid-80’s Annie and Mimi were living in an apartment on 14th St. near 6th Ave., and on full moon nights we would have performance parties for our friends.  I’d do a full moon salute, Annie would organize a fashion show and we might all end up on the roof dancing in the moonlight.  Our friend Bill Schaffner, a master technician and stage manager, came to one party and afterwards went to Mark Russell, the artistic director of P.S. 122, and asked him if we could do a full moon show at P.S. when it happened that the moon was full and the house was “dark”, or had no other show on.  Mark said, “Sure,” and that was the birth of The Full Moon Crew.

Bill produced all of our shows at P.S. 122.  At each show, over the next few years, the audience would sit in the middle of the room, at tables and chairs, beer was served, and we would set up our acts around the room.  I’d go first and set the tone with a full moon salute to Luna, and introduce the others.  We always had 2 guest acts as well, like Ethyl  Eichelberger, John Kelly, or Steve & Mark (Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone, Jr.).  So there would be 3 acts, an intermission, and 3 more acts.  Mimi would do something frightening, like one night entering from outside the 2nd floor window.  Jo would stage a visual magic show; with dance, music, movies, slides and flowing fabrics. And Annie & Lucy, who performed as DANCENOISE, would always close the show.  Since they almost always ended their act naked, under a shower of stage blood, no one could follow that.

In the mid-‘90’s and after that, I continued doing Full Moon Shows, at various other venues, sometimes with members of the Full Moon Crew, but often with other performers on the downtown scene.  I remember one a few years ago at Dixon Place where my guests were Jonathan Ames, who told stories, Julie Atlas Muz, who did a strip tease inside a huge white balloon, and Mangina (Patrick Bucklew) who wore a plastic bubble over his head which, for a second, became ignited.  Luckily he survived with no injuries.  Luna seems to watch over those who honor her special night.

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